Aerial view of the boundary of the future Devereux Meadows Park

Parks

Devereux Meadow Project

Envisioning a New Urban Park

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The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is currently in the planning and design phase for a proposed new urban park located on a 14-acre site north of downtown Raleigh. The current site, located at the corner of Capital Boulevard and Peace Street, is the former location of the Devereux Meadow baseball park. The site is now a city-owned parcel used as a maintenance and vehicle service facility for several city departments. Phase-out of these current uses will occur as the park design project advances.  

Most of this site is in the floodplain and contains areas of subsurface environmental contamination. The contamination warrants environmental remediation before becoming a public park. The level of required remediation will influence project costs and final design of park features. Between 2017 and 2020, the project consultant, Tetra Tech Engineering, conducted environmental site analysis and constraints evaluations which will be used to inform project planning and design.    

The current conceptual and schematic design stage was initiated in December 2020 and will continue into 2022. Led by our project consultant, this stage includes the production of conceptual design alternatives vetted through internal and external engagement with city staff, local stakeholders, the general public, the Parks Board, and City Council. The goal of this next phase will be the development of an approved greenway, park, and stream design alternative to bring to full design and permitting.  At this time, funding for the construction of this proposed park has not been allocated.  Public open houses are scheduled for Spring and Fall 2021.  

The vision for the park may include:

  • Passive open areas and walking paths
  • Environmental and historical interpretation
  • Natural stormwater treatment areas
  • Daylighting and restoration of Pigeon House Branch
  • A greenway connection from Crabtree Creek Greenway to Downtown Raleigh

As environmental and design studies expand, the City may revise this vision based on public input and recommendations from the project consultant. Following the conceptual design and pending additional funding for construction, the project plans to advance to construction documents, permitting, and construction. Project construction will likely occur in phases.  

This project is in cooperation with the Raleigh Stormwater Division and other divisions within Raleigh Engineering Services.

Project Details

 
Type:
Parks
Budget:
$2,000,000 (Environmental Studies, Park Planning and Design)
Project Lead:
Gary Claiborne
Contractors:
Tetra Tech Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Consulting), Design Workshop (Landscape Architecture), and Ecosystems Planning and Restoration (Stream and Wetland Restoration Consultants)

Contact

 

Gary Claiborne, Capital Projects Manager

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Participating Department:
Engineering Services
Service Unit:
Stormwater

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History

The project site is the former location of a minor league baseball.  Built in the 1930s, some of the stadium’s walls are still in place along the west side of the property, although currently covered in dense vegetation.  After changes to the minor league team organization, the Devereux Meadow baseball field closed in the early 1970s. The stadium was demolished and eventually converted over to the current city-owned maintenance facility.

The vision for this site as a public park has been around for several years. The Capital Boulevard Corridor Study Report (2012) and the Raleigh Downtown Plan (2015) notes this project as a priority project.

The 2014 Parks Bond Referendum included funding for the environmental studies and park planning and design phases.  
 

Devereux Meadow Boundary Aerial View

Schedule

Date Activity
2017-2020 Site Environmental Analysis
Fall 2020-Fall 2022 Site Planning, Conceptual Design, and Stakeholder and Community Engagement

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